Making a Memorial of Memorial Day
Greetings from the Big Apple: It. Is. Spring!
Sherry Hayslip Talks Coffee Tables with Park Cities People
2013 ASID Design Ovation Awards: It was Our Night!
Greetings from the Big Apple: The Importance of Culinary Aesthetics
Friday Flowers - Tulipmania
The Spring Fling Continues
Spring Has Sprung...
Greetings from the Big Apple: Or in this Case, Los Angeles
Color Essay: I've Got the Blues
For Your Valentines Pleasure: A Fantasy Dinner for Two…
Dallas… Modern… Luxury…
New York State of Mind
Greetings from the Big Apple: Ghosts of Christmas Past
Peace at Christmas and Throughout the Year
If Life were a Color...
While the Cat’s Away, the Mice will Play
Design Dialog: Dressing Room Reveal
Design Dialog: Watch for the Big Reveal
Hayslip Design Associates and The Crystal Charity Ball
Design Dialog: Peyton’s Closet is Almost Done
Design Dialog: A Sneak Peek in Park Cities People
Design Dialog: Room Envy
Greetings from the Big Apple: Frankenstorm
Greetings from the Big Apple: How I spend My Days in Class
Design Dialog: Color
Greetings from the Big Apple: Coffee Talk and Baby-Doll Heads
Design Dialog: Confessions of a Lapsed Decorating Mother
Greetings from the Big Apple: How a College Kid Eats in the New Millennium
Design Dialog: What About Fabrics
Design Dialog: Words, Words, Words...
The Painted Desert: The Enduring Appeal of Santa Fe
Bienvenue ŕ Dallas: This Style Scout May Have Found Her Calling
Design Dialog: The Duchess is a Diva
Design Dialog: The Chair has Arrived!
Greetings from the Big Apple: NYU Redux
Design Dialog: First, Step Lightly…
Hayslip Design Associates Visits Les Mettaliers Champenois: Why Cross the Pond When You Can Just Cross a Bridge
Design Dialog: Anxiety Over a Chair
Hayslip Design Associates visits Nanz Hardware: Classic and Well Made Always Fit
Design Dialog: It's All in the Planning
Design Dialog: Converting a Room to a Closet
Hayslip Design Associates visits Remains Lighting: or What Beautiful Things Come from Dumpster Diving in Brooklyn, NY
Design Dialog: My mother has a new client... And it’s me!
Hayslip Design Associates visits P.E. Guerin: A Treasure Chest in Greenwich Village
Design Dialog: Taking on a New Client
Coming Soon: A New Blog Series
Let the Games Begin
Summer in the City - Hayslip Design Associates hits New York
Happy Fourth of July
Martha Says "It's a Good Thing"
Ode to Summertime
Million Dollar Furniture
Memories of Morocco: A Day Trip to Fes
Memories of Morocco: Le Jardin Majorelle
Memories of Morocco: The Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Treasures of Marrakech
Obscenely Beautiful Things – A Small Update
Home Again... Dallas in Bloom
The Family who Wanders Together...
Trend Setting: All Aboard the Marrakech Express
Obscenely Beautiful Things
21st Century Homes
The Enduring Appeal of Chinoiserie
The Art of the Room
The Color of Love...
Love is the Answer...
Living Large in Small Spaces
Greetings from the Big Apple (and farewell Big D): Beginning a Collection
La Mode de Gaultier
Casa View Elementary School
Out with the old (soon enough)...
My Christmas Wish to You
Greetings from the Big Apple: Window Shopping in a Winter Wonderland
Greetings from the Big Apple: I confess... I’m a Pack Rat
My bags are packed, I'm ready to go...
Bienvenue ŕ Paris: Shakespeare & Company
Spooktacular Skulls: The Trend of Skulls in Fashion and Design
Bienvenue a Paris: Lost in Paris
What a Girl Wants: Or Are Great Closets Better than Sex?
Bienvenue a Dallas: The Latest from Kitty Stuart
Bienvenue a Paris and Life without A/C
Introducing Our Style Scouts
Black is the New Black
Thighs and Other Thoughts
How to Turn Your Home into a Piggy Bank... or at Least a Star!
A little love from our friends at D Home...
Born to the Purple
A Glimpse of Things to Come
My Talented Staff II
Happiness on Any Scale
Sherry's Blog featured on DG's Online Editorial
2011 TX ASID Design Ovation Awards
The Meaning of Love...
Blanc des Blancs
The Moon and Other Jewels
New things are blooming on Armstrong Pkwy.
Dwell with Dignity
Another Dip in the Gene Pool
A Little Link-Love
Mudejar en vogue
Spain Part 2 - Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, and Avila
The Artistry of Daniel Ost
Happy Valentine's Day
Jamaica Has Never Been Lovelier
Working in a Winter Wonderland
Imagine my Surprise...
Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held onto Hope
In New York for Antiques Week
D Home - Best Designers 2011
My Christmas Wish to You
My talented staff
New Classical in Dallas
Kudos for the Gene Pool
Our winning kitchen is featured on DesignGuide's blog!
John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center
Trip Wrap Up
A Winning Week
How to Vacation in Architectural Bliss
Ode to Thatch
Smith, Ekblad and Associates: Architects and Engineers
Still More Design Riches (Part IV)
The Design Riches Continue (Part III)
Feminine and Fanciful
So the week ended
A Week of Wonders
Sherry is featured in Dallas Modern Luxury
A Little Touch of the Doge's Palace
More Design Riches (Part II)
A Year of Design Riches
Sherry Hayslip quoted in the Dallas Morning News
Asian Jazz and Friendship
Follow us on Facebook!
It's Coming Together
2010 Legacy of Design Awards
The House as Mirror of Self
A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 3
A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 2
a la Michelangelo...
A Weekend, in Three Acts
The Joy of Mindless Reverie
A Passion for Paper Art
Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera
Rubbing Shoulders with History
It all began with Cole
Un Petit Symposium
Greetings from the Big Apple: The Blank Canvas of a Dorm Room
“Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.”
- Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail
Tiger Darrow – Style Scout
Hi friends, Let’s be cliché for a minute. Let’s think of everyone in the world as an artist. In all honesty, it’s true. Everyone is an artist. To be more specific, we are all painters; that even goes for people who really are within the arts. Musicians, dancers, actors, we are all, in reality, painters. Very, very exceptional painters at that.
When we are born, we are given a blank canvas--a fresh life--to paint whatever picture we see fit. For most of us, we spend the first 17 or 18 years of our lives priming our canvas, most likely with the help of our parents, experimenting with a few dabs of color here and there. By the time we’ve reached 17 or 18, I’d imagine our canvases are beautiful, but lack the complexity and thought that they could have, and certainly haven’t come close to reaching their full potential. It isn’t until we leave the comfort and safety of our own homes that we discover how to use the paints of the situations we encounter. This is also when our canvas becomes somewhat more of a physical canvas. Something more tactile.
The Dorm Room:
The first instance of a tactile canvas for many of us is a dorm room. In a whirlwind of excitement and adrenaline on move-in day at college, students walk in to their new home and are smacked right in the face with a bare, white room. At least, that was the situation in my case. The bed, desk, and set of drawers were the only “pop of color” in the room: a light, but very bulky and masculine-looking brown. The walls were pure cinderblock painted white, and it looked like there was no hope for an inspirational thought to survive in the room. Until suddenly, the room was no longer seen as a bland dorm room, but rather a blank canvas. The walls are now painted with photos from home, posters from movies and TV shows, decals that were bought on sale from Pier 1 and something else that really makes a difference: cute bed spreads. I got lucky. My roommate and I have similar taste and both got our bedding at Anthropologie--a total coincidence. She and I also have a goal to try to not have any white space on the walls by the end of the years. If you have to spend most of your time in this room, you have to like it! It’ll probably end up evolving throughout the year, too. Ours definitely has.
An Idea:I didn’t like the boring white I had to stare at on the backs of my shelves, so I expanded a high resolution image of my favorite city in Spain (Toledo) on Photoshop and printed it out in sections to create my own version of shelf-paper so I’d have a prettier backdrop! I didn’t measure how much space I needed to cover before printing, so it took me a long time, and I printed out more than necessary, so if you choose to do something like this, I recommend getting to be friends with a tape measure first!
On note-taking:Staying awake in certain classes can be a challenge. Even if you find the topic at hand interesting or if you have a great professor, it can still be difficult to stay alert. However, one solution that could save you from dozing off is trying a different note taking technique. Notebook paper is possibly the most obvious canvas you have, so try taking advantage of it.
This is boring.
This is better!
Getting Around the Rules:Lots of colleges won’t let you put holes in the walls or ceilings (and unfortunately, you can’t really sneak around that rule--they check your rooms), but hanging things is alright. If you’re a girl, you’ll often want a full length mirror so you can check your entire outfit before leaving the room. In our case, we couldn’t hang the mirror on the door to the bathroom because there was no room between the door and the door frame. How did we get around it? We hung it from a pipe! Works just as well, and there was no drilling involved.
Hiding Clutter:Closets can look cluttered (especially a college student’s closet) and to save space, there usually isn’t a door on the closet in a dorm room. To hide our closets a little, my roommate and I used some cheap curtains from K-Mart and a plain, white tension rod.
More Storage:To create more room for storage, get bed risers! I have a lot of instruments I took to college with me, and I needed to store guitar cases under my bed, so these risers helped out a lot. The width might not always be an exact fit for the room (I had to move my desk completely and push it on top of my risers, because the base stuck out a little too much), but you’ll be grateful for the extra space.
Another Benefit:Risers also leave room for bins under your bed. I use 3 canvas boxes from Bed Bath and Beyond to store tights, underwear, and socks under my bed. This saves room in my chest of drawers for more t-shirts and pants.
Learning how to share a space if you haven’t done it already and figuring out how to keep yourself organized can be a little overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes a game and everything you buy as an organizational aid or as an embellishment to your room becomes a treasure. You appreciate it because it is a sign of your independence and your first splash of color on a new canvas.
Until next time,
Posted: November 16, 2011